QueerYoga LA Summer Series: Writing is like Breathing
Queer Yoga Los Angeles Summer Sessions at Green Tree Yoga & Meditation Queer Yoga LA is a project aimed toward creating space for the local LGBT+ community to come together and explore the restorative power of yoga and meditation. The QYLA Collective affirms and celebrates the diversity of our lived experiences as LGBT+ individuals and hopes to offer an encouraging space where we can share in breath and movement as a way to connect, heal, and grow as a community. Sunday, July 15th 1pm-3pm Title: Writing is like Breathing With: Vickie Vertiz and Kenji Liu Description: Audre Lorde once wrote that the absence of writing “is always painful and terrible because writing is like breathing: when you can’t, something goes dead, something stops moving inside you.” Using meditation and asana, we will move blood, bone, muscle, oxygen, and energy inside of our bodies, as we use pen and paper to breathe life into our collective visions and desires. All of our sessions are $5-$20 suggested donation, unless otherwise noted. No one turned away for lack of funds. Vickie Vertiz The oldest child of an immigrant Mexican family, Vickie Vértiz was born and raised in Bell Gardens, a city in southeast Los Angeles. Her writing explores the intersections of feminism, identity, and Latino sub-cultures through everyday beauty. Vickie has taught creative writing and given lectures in a diverse range of settings, from university graduate seminars, to local high school classrooms, to grassroots community spaces. Her work has been featured in several publications and her first full collection of poetry, Palm Frond with Its Throat Cut, was published by The University of Arizona Press in September of 2017. You can read her work at www.vertiz.wordpress.com. Kenji Liu Kenji Liu draws on his extensive background studying and practicing insight meditation since 1998, bringing mindfulness and lovingkindness practices to yoga. He has led insight meditation classes in the San Francisco Bay Area, taught workshops on meditation and creative writing, and written essays about meditation practice and social justice for the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. You can learn more about his work at www.kenjiliu.com.